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Reading Renaissance Art: Sarah Dunant argues that our current obsession with celebrity utterly undermines art.

Reading Renaissance Art: Sarah Dunant argues that our current obsession with celebrity utterly undermines art.

FromA Point of View


Reading Renaissance Art: Sarah Dunant argues that our current obsession with celebrity utterly undermines art.

FromA Point of View

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Length:
10 minutes
Released:
Apr 22, 2016
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

Taking a tour of some recent blockbuster art exhibitions, Sarah Dunant reflects on the importance of context for us to properly appreciate art.

She argues that increasingly we're sold art as a list of superstars. "To grab the headlines, put big numbers through the turnstiles, means focusing on the stars" she writes.

But understanding the great Renaissance masterpieces demands an understanding of the intellectual climate that produced them.

A scantily clad Ursula Andress emerging from the sea holding a conch will not really help us understand Botticelli's Birth of Venus.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.
Released:
Apr 22, 2016
Format:
Podcast Episode